Ricky Graham joins United

Ricky Graham has joined Dale Davidson as part of our management team to help guide the club up 1B.

The former Downshire YM, Drumaness Mills, Killyleagh YC and Lower Maze manager, who also assisted at Dromara Village, Dunmurry Rec and Annagh United, has vast experience in football in Northern Ireland and will be looking forward to this new challenge.

Ricky introduced himself to the squad and took training for the first time on Tuesday 24 September at Assumption Grammar School, laying out his intentions for the season ahead and beyond.

United finished 9th last year under Glynn Robinson and were hoping to build on that this time around but early setbacks, late goals and a series of undeserved score lines have hindered that.

However, with the appointment of Ricky, the club is confident of improving recent results and progressing up 1B, particularly after a string of battling performances including Ricky’s first game, away to Bangor Amateurs, on Saturday 28 September.

Everyone at Ballynahinch United would like to wish Ricky all the success during his time here, alongside Dale.

Intermediate Cup Draw: Round 1

We have been drawn away to Kilmore Rec in Round 1 of Intermediate Cup. The tie will take place on 19 October and kicks iff at 1.30pm at Robert Adams Park.

Last season we faced Seapatrick at home in Round 1 and suffered a 2 – 1 defeat, but the year before we beat Chimney Corner 3 – 2.

The current holders are Crumlin Star.

View the full 2019/2020 Round 1 draw below.

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Match Report: Crewe United 9 – 0 BUFC

Ballynahinch United travelled to Crewe Park, Glenavy in the first roynd of the Steel & Sons Cup. The winners of the tie would face either East Belfast or Bangor FC in the next round.

Before the game both sides lined the centre circle for a minutes silence to pay respects to former Crewe United player and manager, Tommy Breslin.

The place where Tommy Breslin learnt his trade as a boy and hung up the boots as man.

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Presentation to Ballynahinch War Memorial Fund

Prior to The Swifts kick off on saturday at the Millbridge, Club Chairman Gilbert Cromie made a presentation to Ballynahinch War Memorial Fund to Committee member Andrew Carlisle on behalf of the club. The Millbridge Grounds were originally provided as a recreational facility for Ballynahinch after the Great War.

Left to right - Ross Bingham, Gilbert Cromie [BUFC Chairman], Andrew Carlisle [War Memorial Committee] and Graeme McMullan.
Left to right – Ross Bingham, Gilbert Cromie [BUFC Chairman], Andrew Carlisle [War Memorial Committee] and Graeme McMullan.

Match Report: Ballynahinch United 3 v 0 Donard Hospital

United entertained old rivals Donard Hospital in this league match at the Millbridge last Saturday. The visitors had been promoted last year after a few years in Division 1C however they have found the higher level that little bit more difficult.

United settled into the game from the first whistle however it was Donard who posed a threat in the opening quarter with their right winger particularly prominent.

On one of their rare forward forages United took the lead in the 10th minute when Ian McMullan latched onto a loose ball to shoot into the corner of the net giving the Donard keeper no chance.

Donard pressed for an equaliser giving the United defence of Miller, Shaw, Majury, Tate and Stuart McMullan lots to think about however they held firm.

Goal scorer Ian McMullan was forced off with a hamstring strain and he was replaced by Johnny Stevenson who on the half hour mark laid the ball back for David Kelly to fire a thunderbolt into the net.

Kelly, Wilson and Brashaw were under a fair degree of pressure in midfield and they combined with their defence to keep Donard at bay while goalkeeper Brian McMullan produced an outstanding save in the 45th minute to prevent a goal.

In the second half Ben Wilson, who was struggling with an injury, was replaced by Gareth McMullan with striker Greg Allison moving into the left back role and Stuart McMullan taking over the central midfield position.

United were happy to surrender possession to Donard and played a containing game which proved very effective and occasionally they attacked with speed. It was from one of these quick breaks that defender Alex Miller found himself in space inside the penalty area and he crashed the ball into the roof of the net to make it 3–0.

Donard threw everything at United in the last half hour of the game and it took some serious defending to keep them out. Brian McMullan who has been in great form proved to be a competent last line of defence saving a penalty after Stuart McMullan had been harshly adjudged to have handled in the penalty area following a shot that was driven into him from relatively close range.

Graeme McMullan came on to give the United attack some added vitality and in the closing stages it was the home team who forced a series of corners.

This was another great win for United who will travel to Bloomfield this coming Saturday for another league match.